Martin Newman
Martin is the e-editions editor of the Daily Mirror and writes an arts blog for An Australian who has worked on Fleet Street for two decades, his interests extend to art, music, cricket, boxing and social justice.

Entries by Martin Newman

Biased and Blinkered Reporting on Ukraine Highlight Western Media Double Standards

(0) Comments | Posted 28 May 2014 | (14:17)

In the space of a few months Ukraine has been embroiled in two uprisings.

Both have appeared equally legitimate, both have been bloody and both have had the backing of differently aligned foreign governments. 

So why has the media characterised the US-backed one as a democratic right and the other...

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Miranda Barbour is a Sad Fantasist Not a Prolific Serial Killer, and She Has Played an All Too Eager Media

(0) Comments | Posted 23 February 2014 | (23:00)

Her story came out of the blue. A seemingly unnecessary, unprompted confession to a local newspaper reporter that she had committed anywhere between 22 and 100 murders.

In the general run of things such admissions are normally made to detectives, psychologists or prison pastors, and checked over before any such...

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What's New, Woody Allen?

(12) Comments | Posted 10 February 2014 | (23:00)

Old allegation, old counter claim in the Woody Allen matter.

What's new? Nothing. So why has this hoary old chestnut got fresh legs?

The reemergence in a New York Times blog of sex abuse claims against Woody Allen seemed almost like an anniversary story, a timed reminder, the only difference...

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Why Britain Needs 'King' Charles and Sarah Miles Should Not Be Crossed at Ping Pong

(0) Comments | Posted 27 January 2014 | (23:00)

Even before the Queen's historic partial handover of duties to Prince Charles last week there was at least one person already singing the future king's praises.

Sarah Miles, the Oscar-nominated actress now a committed spiritual healer, feels Britain is on the verge of major changes and the Prince of Wales...

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The New Literalism: How Misinformation on the Internet is Transforming the Mainstream Media

(8) Comments | Posted 21 January 2014 | (23:00)

Someone apologised on Tuesday, although they hadn't done anything wrong.

Unusual you might say, but it's something we're going to see a lot more of.

The reason for that is we have come to a time when misinformation, supposition and the tidal bores of online outrage are treated in...

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Mind Games Trump Sportsmanship as Ashes Cricketers Go to War

(2) Comments | Posted 27 November 2013 | (23:00)

Most cricketing commentators have been at pains to say Jonathan Trott's stress-related illness is due to the general pressures of the game and not this particular Ashes series.

They doth protest too much.

For the nagging, unspoken concern is that Australia's relentless psychological war on the touring side has...

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Saatchi's Excellent Body Language Show Scratches the Itch for New Art

(0) Comments | Posted 25 November 2013 | (02:09)

I go along to each new opening at Saatchi's Chelsea gallery with some trepidation.

There are times you find room after room of dull, meaningless pieces veering between the pretentious and the banal, that try as you might you can find no connection with. Else times you're left floating along...

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The Forgotten Sex: Hermaphrodites in Britain Fight for Official Recognition

(34) Comments | Posted 27 October 2013 | (23:00)

"I grew up with no role models," says Xxxora, as she flicks her black hair from her face.

"I've had to live in the binary. Now I only ever dress in black and white. It's my political statement. I do wear a silver mask. It makes me feel comfortable, safer,...

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Iraq, Libya, Syria.. It's Like Groundhog Day - To Hell With the Facts, Bombs Away

(9) Comments | Posted 29 August 2013 | (10:22)

We've seen it all before. It's like Groundhog Day, the location is different - Syria not Iraq or Libya - but the rhetoric remains the same.

While the discredited 'Weapons of Mass Destruction' mantra is gone, in its place the same humanitarian tipping point pared down - chemical weapons.


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Changing Our View of Art History: Abstract Expressionism Re-Examined

(0) Comments | Posted 22 August 2013 | (02:53)

Revolutions often start with a shocking moment or a dramatic gesture, and when David Park backed his car up to the city dump in Berkeley, California, in 1950, maybe that's what he had in mind.

A onetime advocate of the new Abstract Expressionism that was redefining art in America, Park...

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Bad Intent: Caroline Walker's Paintings Give an Uneasy Edge to the Lifestyles of the rich and fabulous

(0) Comments | Posted 31 July 2013 | (03:37)

Her subjects sit on the edge of swimming pools, sweep leaves, change lightbulbs and rearrange vases on shelves.

Mundane domestic scenes they are, but ones that carry a very live undercurrent.

The viewer/voyeur of Caroline Walker's paintings peeps into the lives of others. There's nothing special to see, a glimpse...

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People of Woolwich Will Defy the Far-Right and Come Together Over Killing of a Soldier Son

(0) Comments | Posted 23 May 2013 | (04:15)

Yesterday morning I drove to work, as I always do, past the Woolwich garrison.

Down Ha Ha Road young servicewomen were exercising their horses on the common, straight-backed on mounts, whose muscles rippled under gleaming, well-cared-for equine flanks.

For those soldiers there was no hint on a crisp morn of...

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Downloads, E-Books and Computer Games Still Seen as Second Best to Old World Retail

(0) Comments | Posted 21 March 2013 | (23:00)

Despite the growth of online markets and digital applications the mark of success is still "getting off" the Internet and into "the real world" a gathering of publishers and tech start-ups has been told.

Author, comedian and gamer Charlie Higson said despite a £74billion gaming industry and rise in music...

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Upstart Digital Start-Up Zomato Blitzes London's Ultra Competitive Restaurant Listings Sector

(0) Comments | Posted 20 March 2013 | (23:00)

Back in November, a little less than five months ago, in an office in New Delhi, Deepinder Goyal, Pankaj Chaddah and Gunjan Patidar had a light bulb moment.

The three Indian Institute of Technology grads, who had set up online restaurant review business Zomato four years earlier and seen it...

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The Boxing Sideshow of Rugby Star Sonny Bill Williams Takes a Surprise Twist - He Can Fight!

(0) Comments | Posted 16 February 2013 | (00:02)

There was a moment in last week's WBA international heavyweight bout when the golden boy of New Zealand contact sport Sonny Bill Williams was almost handed a harsh sparking out by veteran boxer Francois Botha.

Clouted with a concussing shot to the left temple a minute out from the end...

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Jack Reacher Is Kicking Ass at the Box Office but What Are the Best Ever Movie Punch-Ups?

(5) Comments | Posted 10 January 2013 | (23:00)

In new action blockbuster Jack Reacher, Tom Cruise is surrounded by thugs when he gives a calm, chilling appraisal of their situation: "Remember, you wanted this".

What comes next is a predictable staple of just about every Hollywood action flick made today. And in a market crowded with such franchises,...

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Few Fighters Can Dodge Losing the 'Eye of the Tiger' - Ricky Hatton Joins the List

(0) Comments | Posted 25 November 2012 | (23:00)

Survivor sang about it in Rocky III, putting it succinctly for those who didn't know the difference between a fighter that still hungered for the win and one that couldn't take it anymore.

"Hangin' tough, stayin' hungry.. it's the eye of the tiger, it's the thrill of the fight."


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Is Australia a Racist Country? Its Most Controversial Sportsman, Anthony Mundine, Says 'Yes'

(0) Comments | Posted 24 October 2012 | (01:59)

He boastfully calls himself 'The Man' - it oughta be 'The Mouth'.

Australia's most controversial sportsman, boxer Anthony Mundine, has a track record of putting his foot in it or, in the Aussie vernacular, shit-stirring.

Accused of racism himself in the past week for effectively telling a fellow Aboriginal boxer...

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The Same Old New Royal Portrait: Queen Liz Keeps the Best Pokerface in the Business

(3) Comments | Posted 1 October 2012 | (00:00)


The Queen looks vacant in a detail from Ralph Heimans' portrait to mark the Jubilee

It is one of the longest roll-calls of artists in history and yet who among the 130-odd to try their hand has ever successfully captured a sense...

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Keep Calm and Don't Panic - It's Just the Olympics

(0) Comments | Posted 31 July 2012 | (21:01)

I've had enough. I can't take it any more.

The Olympics began to grate on me from Day 2.

There was a truckload of incredible events to watch, blindingly good performances left (China), right (The U.S.) and centre (Hmmm, France). Even the mooted pain of road closures, Olympic lanes and...

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